Spent a good handful of today reworking this project for my portfolio. It is now live on both Behance and my Portfolio Site. I wanted to take the time to show its User Interface across different platforms. Also this week I had the pleasure of having the VCU Green Map featured in the AIGA member gallery. It’s my goal to create the quality of work that will always be featured from here on out. (a boy can dream)
I said goodby to a few more friends this week that have begun to accept jobs in other cities and pack their bags. It’s always good to re connect over farewell coffee sips and plates of chicken and I wish everyone the best. It’s definitely hard to watch people move on as I continue to search for a place that fits me, but I know my time will come so for now I’ll enjoy the ride. I think the greatest realization I’ve had this past week is that you can send out 100 emails and you may never get a response from a single person. Perhaps you will get a response but in fact it will be a very generic auto reply speaking about the volumes of emails and to stay in touch. Such is life I guess. I recognize too that it might be foolish of me to focus my search specifically on New York, though I’ve dreamt of living there for some time now. I connected again with a classmate earlier this week who I could have sworn had her heart set on New York, only to find that she was in fact looking at Philly. There are many other interesting cities I’ve always considered including Atlanta, Chicago, and potentially my hometown of Boston. Ideally I’d like to relocate somewhere that has good public transportation. I’ve had about enough of driving for a while and I really don’t want to have to be dependent on a car. I’m going to give myself till the end of August to see what I can do about New York. If nothing pans out by then I shall extend my horizons. Last week was all about applying, and trying to get more feedback. This week I’m going to focus on taking the advice that I got and re executing some of my earlier projects. I feel a website refresh coming soon. On another note I did get one of my projects featured on the AIGA member gallery this week. It’s all about the little victories.
I’m heavy on my hustle to find work in New York. Right now I’m treating the search for a job as though that in itself is my job and I won’t quit until I am where I know I need to be. My biggest goal right now in reaching out to studios and sending my resume around is to at least get a response. Perhaps I wont be the designer to fill the exact shoes that someone is looking for yet, but a conversation is my goal, a face to face one if I can help it. I aspire to do work that will put me where I want to be not just tomorrow but ten years from now as well. Visual design meets motion design, sprinkle in a handful of development. I’m Interested in code but also want to hit render from time to time. I still love to draw and think off of the computer when I can too. There are so many boutique shops and studios that do so much great work. There are so many interesting agencies that work with the best clients and house the brightest minds. There is so much post production to be done and so many key frames to lay! In a decade I’d really like to see myself as a producer overseeing the production of larger projects but I’ve got some dues to pay first, I know this. We’re all just a bunch of fish out there and I want to be the shark. The red ball falls with emphasis!
I didn’t say goodbye to a good friend of mine today. I just said see you later because there will be more great memories coming down the pipeline really soon. I appreciate your hustle and your hard work, good luck in Palo Alto my friend. I’m vowing to keep up more with my writing and to contribute more often about my creative endeavors. I hope to be in the great city of New York by this fall so I approach the process of applying for a job as though that in itself is a full time job. The library knows me well. I’m grateful that there are many exiting projects sill on the horizon. The road will be a tough one, but the future gleams so brilliantly. Here’s to new beginnings.